what is a dummy car?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by HOtrainman, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. HOtrainman

    HOtrainman Member

    i kinda have a feeling, but not 100% sure.

    my idea- it is a non-powered locomotive. Am i right?
  2. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    A dummy locomotive is non-powered, yes.
  3. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    a dummy engine is normally an engine in an A-B set of say f units.the b unit is normally the dummy to make it look more prototypical while pulling a large load.and sometimes the dummy car carrys sound for the set.
  4. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    or sometimes it's a reversed A unit also which serves the same purpose as the B unit
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    A dummy can be any type of loco. I have a dummy GP 38-2 that I run with a powered unit as well as a dummy GP-9 and two SD9s.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Years ago, there was a unit called a "steam dummy". This was a locomotive on a local line that had a body fitted to look like a coach. I think it was supposed to not frighten the horses. (Toby the Tram Engine looks a bit like a steam dummy.) Not to be confused with an inspection engine which had a coach body mounted on the running boards so that the brass could sit around the boiler and look ahead at the tracks.
  7. granpa

    granpa Member

    That's the car I ride in !!!

    Granpa :wave:
  8. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    It is a specially designed freight car for shipping mannequins to department stores! :D sign1

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